Shame we never got invited anywhere. (I guess answering phone calls, emails and texts would have helped.) Anyway, in the end, we had to eat them all ourselves.
For the unitiated, Matchmakers are chocolate sticks which look like this ....
... and it's a very clever marketing ploy, to have chocolate in such a thin form. In fact, the advertising even claims that Matchmakers are a healthy diet food ....
|You too can lose so much weight eating chocolate that you make no indentation|
on the sofa
It's all a Big Lie, of course, because no one, no one, says, after one Matchmaker, 'Hey, guys, I'm STUFFED. Let's put these away and have more tomorrow.'
Still, you can nibble away at a Matchmaker while watching Downton Abbey and pretend you are being elegant like them. It makes a change from usual practice ...
... which leads to your sofa looking like this ...
Well, friends, I didn't come here to talk about food.
No.... get up OFF the floor. That was a very silly, immature over-reaction from you all.
I'm actually here to talk about the enormous difference the Quality Street company which manufactures Matchmakers made to our Christmas because of the FREE GAME we received inside each box.
It is a very entertaining game and I honestly don't think I could have survived Christmas without it. Here is what you get in the packet. (I'd take a tranquilliser right now if I were you. This could excite you beyond reason.)
1. a piece of square crinkly paper, the type you normally get covering a box of chocolates
2. on the square paper, a circle, which is split into four quartered sections, like this:
They call this the 'Lucky Launchpad'. Don't ever tell me the days of hyperbole are dead.
Here are the instructions, as set out carefully on the packet:
Stand a Matchmakers stick up on its end in the middle of the lucky launchpad
Before you let go, guess which quarter the Matchmaker will land in.
Call out your choice.
Let go of the Matchmaker.
If it lands in the right segment, you win the Matchmaker.
I am almost in tears with gratitude to Quality Street, who have provided me and my family with such an innovative, fascinating team game to play, giving us hours of pleasure with which no number of Christmas visits from George Clooney in an Italian suit could ever hope to compete.
I know you are all jealous and want to play the Lucky Launchpad game immediately. You must rush out and buy a packet of Matchmakers, so that you too can while away a happy evening balancing a Matchmaker on its end and letting go.
Next year, I am expecting further entertainment. Perhaps there will be the ....
'Roll a Matchmaker along the table and guess how far it gets' game
'See if you can line up some Matchmakers in a straight line' game
I prefer, myself, to play the ....
'How many boxes of Matchmakers is it physically possible to consume during the back-to-back watching of two episodes of Downton Abbey on iplayer' game